By G. T. Houts
UPDATE 1- THURSDAY AUGUST 24, 3:41 p.m.
All eight fires were set in trash bins or wooded areas between Highland and Sterling Avenues. The largest was the Mart fire that burned 670 acres and forced mandatory evacuations.
Granados is being held at the West Valley Detention Center on $275,000 bail.
Eyewitnesses are credited for their bravery in coming forward and sharing what they saw with investigators. It is due to their awareness and diligence that led investigators to Granados. ” See Something Say Something” saves lives and protects property.
You can report suspicious activity to fire and law enforcement or We-Tip at 800-47-ARSON.
San Bernardino, CA – Yesterday, San Bernardino Police arrested 38 year old Peter Joe Granados, of San Bernardino, on suspicion of arson. “Upon questioning, he confessed to arson in all eight fires” a news release from San Bernardino Police Department stated.
Authorities said Granados is suspected of setting fires ignited in trash cans and wooded areas of the foothills above Highland and San Bernardino. They did not specify which fires he is accused of setting.
San Bernardino County Fire Chief Marc Hartwig said the investigation has been on going, with the arson units from SB County Fire, U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino Police. He said key information came from the public and wanted to thank everyone that assisted in the investigation.
This arrest comes just weeks after the arrest of Jarrod Anthony Samra, 23 years old of Yucaipa, in connection with the fires in the area.
Will update as information becomes available.